Indian Saree: How To Wear And Style In A Chic Way
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7 Oct

Indian Saree: How To Wear And Style In A Chic Way

Are you wondering how to wear Indian Saree the right way?

Here is what you are missing!

On the pages of magazines and websites, you have probably seen more than once Indian beauties in bright outfits trimmed with precious stones and embroidered patterns. The fabric they wear is called a saree.

Saree is the traditional dress of women living in India. Appearing many centuries ago, such an outfit was made from a long piece of canvas in the form of a rectangle. Women wrapped themselves in such a canvas, draping it to emphasize the curves of the figure and hide possible flaws.

Centuries later, sarees are still popular. This is the casual and smart dress of Indian women, as well as the original attire of women in other countries. With the help of a saree, beauties can demonstrate their femininity, grace and grace.

The product is a seamless canvas 5-9 meters long and about 1 meter wide. Under it, a woman puts on a skirt that is slightly shorter than a saree, as well as a blouse called a choli. The blouse will often match the color of the skirt and saree, although if the saree is a solid color, the finish of the blouse may differ.

History of Indian Saree

Many legends are associated with the appearance of the saree in the wardrobe of Indian women. According to one of them, such a dress was created on a magic loom by a weaver who dreamed of an ideal woman. He combined in the canvas all the qualities that should be in such a beauty, having received incredibly beautiful and long clothes.

Another legend connects the origin of the saree with the Pandava king, who lost his fortune and his own family in gambling. The last loss of the king was his wife. Enemies wanted to get her naked, wanting to disgrace the woman, but could not unwind the clothes. The Pandava consort was protected by Krishna by dressing her in a saree.

By carefully examining the fabric of a saree, its colors, drapery and ornament, you can learn a lot about the girl on whom you see such an attire. Sarees are made primarily of silk, chiffon or cotton. The quality of the material indicates the wealth of the wearer of the saree.

The color of the outfit can tell a lot. Widows wear white sarees without patterns, young mothers immediately after childbirth wear yellow sarees, brides wear green or red sares decorated with gold embroidery. Black robe is worn extremely rarely, considering it unlucky.

Only men are involved in the production of Indian saree. One outfit is produced over a long period of time (about 6 months). A saree cannot be called a cheap outfit, but such a thing serves for a very long period and is often passed on to descendants.

At first glance, most sarees are similar to each other, but this is not at all the case. Each outfit is unique, and there are more than a dozen ways to drape them.

Aishwarya Rai Saree Style

The famous Indian actress has repeatedly appeared on the red carpet and other important events in luxurious sarees.

In 2012, the Bollywood star appeared at a charity reception in a designer light saree with gold embroidery, and in 2013, her gold saree at the Cannes Dinner looked amazing. The actress complements this chic outfit with a shiny clutch and gold jewelry.

Although the red color is not very suitable for ceremonial acting events, as it merges with the color of the track, but on Aishwarya Rai, sarees in red look amazing. The actress has worn chic sarees of this color on several occasions at film premieres and charity events.

In addition, Aishwarya often opts for delicate sheer sarees. In 2006, the actress created a dramatic look with a green saree, embellished with white embroidery. To him, the beauty picked up a clutch-shell and long earrings. In 2011, Aishwarya’s outfit was soft pink, and its trim consisted of beads and silvery lace.

Wedding Saree Styles

The sarees in which the girl is getting married are very beautiful and sophisticated. Products are decorated with beads, silver or gold embroidery, rhinestones and other attractive decor.

The choice of fabric, pattern and drapery method is influenced by the region of residence of the bride, the well-being of her family and other nuances. For example, in the northern regions of India, brides dress in a red saree, in the east – in a yellow outfit, in Maharashtra – in a green saree, and in Assam – in a snow-white one.

In the Guinness Book of Records in 2008, the most luxurious and expensive sarees were recorded. The product was estimated at 100 thousand dollars (approximately 4 million rupees). 30 weavers took part in the production of such a saree. They handcrafted the outfit for about 7 months, creating a truly incredible outfit.

Sarees were embroidered with threads of silver, platinum and gold, and then decorated with diamonds, sapphires, rubies, topaz, corals, emeralds and other precious stones.

At the same time, the value of the product lies not only in such a finish, but also in the drawings on the saree. The canvas was decorated with 11 paintings by a famous artist from India. The weight of the most expensive saree was about 8 kilograms.

How to put saree on?

  • With your skirt and blouse on, start tucking the saree into the skirt from the right side of the linen.
  • Wrap the product from the right side to the left, making one circle. In this case, the bottom of the saree should touch the floor.
  • Next, start gathering the folds of the saree. Depending on the length of the product, you will get from 5-7 folds or more.
  • The gathered folds are put together behind the skirt so that they “look” to the left.
  • Wrap the remaining free part of the canvas around the waist, and throw the end of the product over your shoulder.
  • You can secure it to your shoulder with nice pins.

How to wear saree the right way

  • Shoes that are suitable under the saree would be ballet flats or sandals that have a flat sole.
  • For an elegant version of the saree, you can pick up a small clutch bag.
  • A saree is a wonderful combination of various jewelry, for example, bracelets, rings, necklaces, large earrings and other jewelry.

Indian saree is the favorite clothing of Indian women. They wear it to work, and on vacation, and on holidays, and for everyday life. But in fact, this is all just a five-meter piece of fabric. But the variety of patterns and different fabrics is simply amazing, as are the ways of dressing the saree. There are many ways to dress a saree. This can depend on the style of the saree, its design, and your creativity.

Whichever method of tying a saree you choose, there are several postulates that you should adhere to:

  • Wear a skirt in the same color as your saree.
  • Wear your shoes before putting on a saree.
  • Prepare the pins in advance, they must be ready for use, i.e. are open.
  • Makeup is applied in advance.
  • And don’t forget the jeweled accessories.
    So, let’s take a look at the detailed diagrams of how to put on a saree.

The easiest and fastest way to put a sarre on

  • Put on your skirt and blouse.
  • Wrap the edge of the saree around your waist, keeping the right end long.
  • Tie the end and edge of the linen into a knot at the waist to form a skirt.
  • Throw the remaining end of the saree, about a meter, over your left shoulder.
  • Take the remaining fabric in the middle and drape several folds of 14 cm. This is the most important part. The drapery can be secured with clothespins.
  • Tuck the edges of the drapery under the skirt. The saree is ready.

Consider another way to tie a saree from Kalpana Shah, a famous actress in India.

Kalpana Shah drapping

It may seem daunting at first, but once you figure it out, you will learn how to tie a saree very quickly. Let’s take a look at some more ways to tie and wear an Indian saree.

Indian Saree

Draping Nivi Style Saree

Nivi style, it is one of the most popular types of saree drapery in India. This style originates in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Until now, locals prefer to wear sarees in this way, and this is not surprising, since this style of drapery represents the cultural heritage of India. Nivi style is suitable for any occasion.


  • Tuck one end of the saree into the skirt and turn the saree around the waist.
  • Make sure the distance from the floor and saree is 5cm.
  • Take the other end of the saree and drape it in 6-7 full folds.
  • Fasten the pleats so that there is enough length for the entire back, up to above the knees.
  • Place the drape over your left shoulder and pin the saree to the choli from the inside.
  • Now focus on the remainder of the loose saree. Place the top edge on the left into the skirt on the right side.
  • Drape the remaining fabric and fold over the skirt also on the right side. After that, you can fasten the drapery to the skirt with a pin from the wrong side, at a distance above the right knee, so that the drapery does not fall apart when walking.

Draping Bengali Saree

The Bengali saree style looks chic because of the intricate borders and vibrant hues. This style is chosen for large events.

Bengali Saree Drapery

  • The saree is white with a red border.
  • Blouse with short sleeves-lantern.
  • Red and white bracelets.
  • Round red bindi.
  • High-heels.
  • Pins.
  • Bell keychain.
  • Earrings, preferably round and large.
  • Bengali style fabric drapery method
  • Start tucking the saree into the skirt starting from the right side with the end of the saree pointing to the right. Do 1.5 rounds.
  • Then make a fold in the opposite direction, i.e. from left to right. Repeat this operation 2 times.
  • Take the other end of the saree and drape it over.
  • Place the drape over your left shoulder.
  • Take out the tip of the saree and put a bell over it.
  • Place the bell end of the saree over your right shoulder.

Lehenga style saree

With its unique fusion of two traditional saree drapes, the Lehenga style gives the impression of a special occasion and celebration.

In order to have a complete style, you will need:

  • Nice saree.
  • Satin blouse different in color with saree.
  • Satin skirt in saree color.
  • High-heels.
  • Lots of bracelets.
  • Several pins.
  • Method of draping fabric in Leheng style:
Indian Saree
  • Start tucking the saree into the skirt, starting at the center of the skirt at the back, moving to the right. That. the end of the saree looks to the left.
  • When you reach the right thigh, start draping the saree, making the full fold, move to the left. That. at the end you should have 5 folds in the front, each of which can be seen separately.
  • After the pleats are done, wrap the saree so that it is secured in the middle of the back to the skirt. As a result, the saree completes one full circle around the waist, returning to the starting point.
  • Take the other end of the saree and drape it, you can use clothespins for convenience.
  • Slip the draped end of the saree over your right shoulder so that the end of the saree is just below your hips in front.
  • Pin the shoulder drape to the blouse.
  • Take the inner corner of the end of the saree and secure it to the skirt with a pin on the left hip.
  • The saree is ready!

Gujarati Saree

This method is popular in Western India. This drapery is suitable for any occasion of life, both for every day and for a holiday.

This style is well suited: glass bracelets and gold jewelry. The choli may not match the color of the saree, but the skirt is best matched to the color.


  • Tuck the saree into the skirt, starting from the right side, with the end of the saree pointing to the right. Make 1 circle.
  • Begin draping the saree so that the folds are facing the right side. Tuck them into the skirt so that they are in the middle of the skirt.
  • Take the other end of the saree and drape it over. You can fasten the drapery with clothespins for convenience.
  • Wrap the drape of the saree around your back and sling the end over your right shoulder. So that the end of the saree is just below the hips.
  • Secure the shoulder drape to the blouse with a pin.
  • Take the end of the saree and tuck it under the skirt at the waist from the left hip side.
  • You can wear bracelets. The saree is ready!

Mumtaz style saree

Mumtaz style is familiar to us from Indian cinema. The famous actress Mumtaz Banu fell in love with us in her films and it was she who introduced this style as one of the types of saree drapery.

For the complete image of the Mumtaz style, we need:

  • Saree with color clear borders.
  • Sleeveless blouse.
  • High-heels.
  • Skirt.
  • As accessories – jewelry (earrings, bracelets).
  • Drapery instruction:
  • Tuck the saree into the skirt, starting from the right side, with the end pointing to the right.
  • Wrap the saree around your waist in a full circle.
  • Make sure the saree is at the same height from the floor.
  • Make 1-2 folds and place them in the center of the front of the skirt so that they are facing to the left.
  • Start wrapping the saree around the skirt so that it is 20-25 cm higher than the length of the saree.
  • Now repeat step 5 so that it is even higher than 20-25 cm.
  • Take the other end of the saree and drape it in 6-7 folds, for convenience, secure them with clothespins.
  • Bring the drape around your back and sling the front over your left shoulder. Pin the drape over the shoulder to the blouse.








Iryna Fedorchak

Hello, I am Iryna. A creative Ukrainian soul living in Lisbon, Portugal. I know fashion, I speak beauty and I know what lifestyle suits you the best. Here I will show you how fashion manifestation looks like as well as I want it to be an inspiring space for women of all religions and heritage. I hope I can help and advise you about your fashion preferences. Let's do fashion together! I love to create and re-create looks showcasing the life of European Bohemia in Portugal, researching Dos' and Donts' of the beauty realm, throwing my philosophy like confetti.